B O O K L A U N C H Dieter Gosewinkel: Protection and Freedom? Citizenship in Europe in the 20th and 21st Centuries (Suhrkamp Taschenbook Wissenschaft) with Johannes Masing (Court judge)

In his work, Dieter Gosewinkel offers a comprehensive synthesis of the history of citizenship in Europe. Citizenship was the sign of political affiliation in 20th Century Europe. It alone determined one’s protection and freedom, and thus one’s opportunities as well as chance of survival. This book recounts for the first time a common history of citizenship in Western and Eastern Europe, beginning with the peak of the nation state and travelling up until present-day, which is shaped by crises of the European Union. It is the story of a central legal institution that, through the drawing of legal and political boundaries, both decisively represents and determines struggles for migration, integration, and affiliation.  

The evening will begin with opening remarks from Dr. Philipp Hölzing, Academic Editor at the Suhrkamp Verlag, and continue with an introduction of the book from the author himself. Lastly, Prof. Dr. Johannes Masing (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Institute for Public Law), judge on the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht), will comment on the piece.